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October 05, 2006

Hardware Questions

Hardware Questions

Group Members:

  • Matt O'Day
  • Gary Weintraub
  • James Gerhardinger

  • Questions:

    1. In spite if the security risks, do many companies use wireless networks in their workplace to accomodate employees with laptops? It seems as though wireless networks get a bad rap for being less secure and bleeding out into the open past your office's walls, but allowing users to bring their laptops in might allow them to be more productive.

    2. The new wireless format, MIMO (or "802.11n") is in "draft" status. What does this mean, and what are the current shortcomings of wireless "n" that hold it back?

    3. What is a dot-clock rate in terms of monitor specifications? My monitor just died and I had to go to CompUSA to get a new one, and I had no idea what a dot-clock rate was, or what number was desirable.

    4. What are the advantages offered by 64-bit processors today or in the future? I see that they're prevalent in new computers, but at the current time, it doesn't seem to matter whether you have one or not.

    5. How does flash memory differ from traditional storage? My mp3 player has flash memory and I wondered what that meant. What are the capacity constraints and how does it perform compared to something like what an ipod has?

    6. Is there a difference between multiple core processors and systems with multiple single-core processors? As far as speed or efficiency goes, I see that certain (usually older) Macs have multiple single-core processors as opposed to the new "Duo" ones which I assume are within the same chip.

    7. What does it mean when a server crashes? I know it is a malfunction but I don't know what causes it.

    8. Why are there so many different ways to encode a song? (mp3, wav. …) I was trying to convert all my music into mp3 format and had an extremely difficult time because there are dozens of different types and I see no use for anything other than one universal code.

    9. Why do laptop batteries eventually die after only a year and a half or two years? This happened to two of us, and of course, replacements are extremely expensive.

    10. How often do hard drives crash, and what is the most common cause? Again, this has happened to members of the group and always ends up being extremely inconvenient and unexpected.

    Posted by moday at October 5, 2006 07:22 PM


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